Since we can’t have a dinner or share our stories in a casual context, we’ll do our best to present a written snapshot of us so that you can begin to imagine the family you’re helping create. We look forward to the days ahead when we can get to know each other more personally.
First, some specifics. We’re Eric and Lori, and Mr. Inches is our rescued terrier/basset hound mix, and we have been together for over eleven years. We got a late start together but have made up for it in every moment since.
I am going to tell you about my wife, Lori, first. She is the impressive one – a pediatric craniofacial and reconstructive surgeon. She operates on cleft lips and palates, burns, syndromic malformations, facial paralysis, bear attacks… all sorts of amazing feats on mostly underserved children and a few adults. Lori absolutely loves working with children and helping to improve their lives. Side note: she also wants to raise goats and make cheese. So someday she probably will do that too.
Mr. Inches, our dog, is a phenom. We write about him in a separate section, so I’ll save his magical charm for later reading.
I, Eric, am a writer – mostly television shows but I’ve dabbled in commercials, video game treatments, book adaptations– whatever I could get to make the rent. I mostly write from home which has allowed me to learn to cook, chronicle the adventures of Mr. Inches, and be the best husband I can be to my lovely wife. I too like goats, but I’m not so sure about being a farmer. You can guess where this will lead (hint: me milking goats in ten years).
In addition to being in love, we truly enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the wonderful life we have created together. Living in the Pacific Northwest has provided endless opportunities to wander the mountains, forests, rivers, and coastlines and we do that a lot. We traded Southern California’s sunshine for the abundant greenery and water of Oregon, and we love it. However, we’re still getting used to the seasons. We cook, we go to movies, concerts, baseball games, and to any and every museum. We both went to state universities, so we love college sports. We’ve traveled the world and road tripped the country. Through it all, we hang out with Mr. Inches and want to have a child we can share this life with and help to forge their own excellent adventure.
Like you probably feel right now, we are at a transition point in our lives. We understand there is nothing more important to us than the family we want to create, and we are gratefully looking for your help to do so. This is a huge moment for all of us, and for your unborn baby. We promise to offer unconditional love, stability, and guidance as your baby discovers who they are, where they come from, and who they will become.
We want to finish by thanking you. Thank you. Thank you. Regardless of whether you choose us – and we hope you do – you are going to make a couple of people parents. Something they too are probably wanting more than absolutely anything else. We know this is a big decision for you and we hope you understand, by having a better idea of who we are and why we are here, that you are making an amazingly positive contribution to the world. No matter who you choose, you are forever going to be part of a caring, sympathetic, and deserving family, and your child is going to be deeply loved. You are providing a wonderful life for everyone involved. So, thank you, again.
Eric & Lori & Mr. Inches